Officials from the United States, Uruguay and Brazil are scrambling to find former Gitmo detainee Jihad Ahmad Diyab – and the possibility that he could have entered Brazil illegally, with the Olympics in Brazil just a few weeks away, has all three governments very nervous.
Diyab’s Department of Defense file says he’s a high-risk terrorist that poses a threat to the U.S., its interests and allies. His records state he is an associate to several other dangerous terrorists, including a 9/11 recruiter and “other facilitators and document forgers.” He was even sentenced to death at one point, for his role in terrorist activities in Syria, and was a document forger for other terrorists, reports Judicial Watch.
However, in December 2014, Obama deemed him worthy of release and shipped him and five other Gitmo prisoners off to Uruguay, who granted them refugee status and a Uruguayan passport, giving them freedom to move about the country as they pleased.
Judicial Watch says Diyab proudly proclaimed his support for Al Qaeda during an interview with Latin America news media, which is likely the reason Brazilian authorities denied him a visa to enter their country. He was also denied a visa to enter Qatar last year.
Reportedly, Diyab was born in 1971 in Lebanon to an Argentinian mother and a Syrian father, and he has many aliases.
A Uruguay news article said a few months after his arrival, Diyab traveled to Buenos Aires and asked the Argentine government to give shelter to others released from Guantanamo, and “expressed dissatisfaction with the life he led in Uruguay.”
Vehicles travel freely between Uruguay and Brazil and guards at the checkpoints very rarely stop a vehicle to inspect it.
Now Diyab is missing, and Uruguay’s Minister of the Interior, Eduardo Bonomi, confirmed in a local newspaper story that Diyab left the country. “It’s not known with what documentation he (Diyab) left the country because he didn’t go through any registry,” Bonomi said referring to Uruguay’s official border screening tools.
Since his previous “profession” with Al Qaeda included work as a document forger, it isn’t likely he lost his skill during his time at Gitmo.
Judicial Watch confirmed that a 2010 report revealed that 150 former Gitmo prisoners were confirmed or suspected of re-engaging in terrorist activities.
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